Yesterday it was reported that actor Paul Walker of the Fast and Furious franchise was killed in a one car accident along with his friend and business partner Roger Rodas who was the CEO of the automotive company Always Evolving. Walker was a passenger in the 2005 Porsche Carrera owned and driven by Rodas.
The Sheriff’s Department believes that Rodas lost control of the car, hit a light pole and tree, then the car burst into flames. They also feel that speed was a contributing factor in the crash. I find this to be a particularly chilling tragedy because fast cars and speed is what made Paul Walker famous and to die in this most horrific way, it’s life imitating art….just haunting. And to leave behind a 15-year-old daughter that will not have her father there for all of life’s milestones is almost too much to comprehend.
Though it’s still unclear what actually caused the crash, I would hazard to guess that this was probably a fatal error in judgement that cost two people their lives. I know that since the beginning of muscle cars, guys have wanted to put the pedal to the metal, but many forget that in films, there are controlled stunts executed by highly trained professionals, aided in some instances by CGI and various other Special EFX.
But when you are throttling down in a high performance vehicle on residential streets, you are asking for the Grim Reaper to come get that ass. From all indications, Paul Walker was a wonderful father, a great friend, a caring humanitarian and an excellent actor. But when you have so much to live for, why put yourself in harm’s way where all that you’ve worked for and those you love, can be taken away from you in an instant? He is gone and nothing anyone can say or do will ever bring him back. But his tragic end is a cautionary tale on why people should think about the consequences of their actions.
Go for a ride in the nice shiny fast car, but use some common sense. When you have children, yes you can still be adventurous, but you need to think about what that adventure could cost you. In this case, it appears that the need for speed cost Walker and his friend their lives and that cost was way too high.
May they both rest in peace, condolences to their family and friends…God speed.